View Full Version : Where you get your manga?

07-25-2003, 03:08 PM
I was just curious where people like to buy their manga from? Do you tend to get New, Used, Bilingual, or the English releases?

07-25-2003, 09:10 PM
I remember a couple of threads like these back a while ago. Too lazy to go and search to put those up...

I basically get my from Asahiya and Anime Gamers. It's cheapers at AG than at Asahiya, but the stock differs. I used to get more used manga at Book-Off and Mandarake, but Mandarake's gone, and ... oh wait, I've moved closer to Book-Off. I should probably look into going there again. Randomly, I buy the English graphic novels, but I don't really like to spend extra for something that I could get in Japanese and still understand. :/

07-25-2003, 10:44 PM
New and sometimes bilingual (korean)

I get mangas at kinokuniya since asahiya closed down here. (that sucked big time) I only get them in Japanese if the mangas aren't available in korean. >.<

The bilinguals i just get them at a nearby store, or just get them imported from korea. x.o;

07-26-2003, 12:20 AM
Since I have only taken 2 years of Japanese so far and can read but not understand most Japanese, I just spend $10+ per manga for the English versions at my local bookstore.. (waldenbooks)

Baka Neko
07-26-2003, 01:46 AM
Kinokuniya! =P I tend to get only the Japanese ones, I've taken 3 yrs, but I don't know as much as I should 'cause my teacher was incredibly dense and taught at a snails-pace *sigh* but it has made a difference from 4 yrs ago when I first got into manga... I get really excited when I reread one of my mangas and understand something when I hadn't the first time around =P

I also get them from Nikaku. If the particular manga is hard to find I turn to convention dealer rooms, and eBay. And lately I've been getting both the english manga & japanese ones from my friend cause out of the blue she stopped liking anime... go figure

07-26-2003, 02:18 AM
Even though I cant read/speak Japanese I will buy some manga from Book-off and just stare at the prettyness. *lol* For reading though, I go to Kinokuniya, Barnes and Noble, and the local comic book store, Alakazam. XD

07-26-2003, 03:17 AM
Originally posted by Artreus
Since I have only taken 2 years of Japanese so far and can read but not understand most Japanese, I just spend $10+ per manga for the English versions at my local bookstore.. (waldenbooks)
I get mine from waldenbooks as well, but I have the little discount card thingie so I don't mind...plus getting manga is actually cheaper than getting the anime amazingly

07-26-2003, 03:57 AM
Suncoast when they have buy 2 get one free sales.

if its not on sale then ussaly borders for the selection.

07-26-2003, 11:44 AM
Waldenbooks and Borders...I already bought The Big O#3 and contemplating on getting Kare kano #4

Shadow Lady
07-26-2003, 08:39 PM
I got a few at Borders in english before I took Japanese.
Now I go to kinokuniya on my rare trips to the city and once I bought off of Sasuga online.

07-28-2003, 06:03 PM
Waldenbooks and Barnes and Noble. New, English.

07-28-2003, 07:21 PM
most of the time i get new manga in english from waldens and other bookstores, sometimes when i go to little tokyo i get some new and used mangas in japanese. i can read a little hiragana but not really understand what most of it means yet but that's it. i want to take lessons but they're is no one that teaches japanese where i live. :(

07-29-2003, 10:12 AM
I buy my manga from Kinokuniya Bookstore and Nippon Book Co. in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. ^_^ I also can order from Kinokuniya online. *Yay* I buy my manga in Japanese, of course. ^_~ Also, I can get the newest releases at Kino because they are constantly getting new things in stock. But~, the hardest manga to find: Alichino. I only have volume 1...I wish I could find 2 and 3 somewhere.

07-29-2003, 01:34 PM
Since have not the choice of whether to take Japanese, it just isn't offered within a zillion mile radius of where I live -.- , I buy english mangas at my local Borders and Waldenbooks. Every once in a while I order off of Amazon, but that's only if it's the only place I can find the one I want.

Lady Hikari
07-29-2003, 02:30 PM
I hunt the local book store, Barnes and Nobles, and manage to find some good mangas there. Sometimes I go to the anime store a few miles away, but they're so expensive they want your house and your first born child. So I end up going online, if I can't find what I want, and ordering it. It's cheaper that way, and I don't have to go hunting. ^_^

07-30-2003, 05:06 PM
waldenbooks... new and english
although i'd like to learn to read japanese but it just aint happenin ......yet

07-30-2003, 05:12 PM
Amazon.com is my place to get my manga and DVD (free delivery) :p

07-30-2003, 11:20 PM
Kinokuniya, Book-Off, Forbidden Planet (NYC) (RIP Asahiya ;.; )

Kinokuniya for Japanese manga I can't find at Book Off
also for new English manga that isn't kept in good stock at regular bookstores

Book Off for cheap used Japanese manga :D ^^

Forbidden Planet for new English manga :)

xKaoru - What happened to Asahiya? I went there a few weeks ago, and it was gone..
Did it just closed down out of the blue or what? Any chance it's gonna reopen somewhere else? I loved that place! :(
It was the only place that had Tokyo Babylon.. I still need to get volume 7!

I didn't even hear anything about it closing, and afterwards, I looked online, and STILL nobody ever mentioned anything. you're the first person I've heard mention it...

08-02-2003, 08:59 PM
where i live there are two stores that sell manga, it's mostly translated by tokyopop

08-03-2003, 04:38 PM
Typically, I get them at cons because of the deals I can get...

Now, it's been Borders. ^_^; They got a buy two get one free deal. Works fine with me!

08-04-2003, 07:19 PM
I get my manga at either Suncoast or Borders. If I'm broke, I go to Books-a-Million. They don't care if you sit down and read an entire manga.

Whenever I go to cons, I get Japanese manga. I can't read any of it, but I plan on learning how someday. Until then, the pictures are fun to look at ^_^.

08-07-2003, 08:49 AM
Usually from, Silver Snail, Generation X or Now & Then Books.

08-07-2003, 05:51 PM
I usually get my manga from my local comic store, Comic Cellar

08-11-2003, 07:54 PM
BUY manga? Pffft, I sit in the store and read 'em XD I only buy X *nods*

Chibi Bunni
08-12-2003, 10:12 PM
The Borders that's a 5 minute drive from my house has like 5 HUGE shelves full of manga! It actually doubled over the past year. ^-^

08-13-2003, 07:08 AM
I go to my local comic book store. Sci- fi city.

08-14-2003, 01:41 PM
sadly...i cant read japanese so i usually get my books from barnes and nobles..or when im in the long island area i get my manga from a store called anime castle which is a warehouse that does most of its business online at www.animecastle.com and has discounts

08-17-2003, 02:08 AM
Kinokuniya, Book Off, directly from Japan, Borders (for english)

11-06-2003, 02:16 PM
Suncoast, borders, local book sotres, anime stores, cons. New/english and i have some angel sanctuary in japansese

11-06-2003, 02:34 PM
BUY manga? Pffft, I sit in the store and read 'em XD I only buy X *nods*

Ooooh yeah XD *does this too* Either that or Japanese manga from IRC *is illegal*

11-06-2003, 04:52 PM
Marshacks all the way :p

11-07-2003, 12:23 PM
I buy new English-translated manga from a comic book shop that's about 15 miles from my house. My husband used to live right by it and we love the owner, she's so sweet and stocks lots of manga titles unlike other comic book shops in the area. So, we just continue to go there. And I don't even mind paying full price there because at least it supports someone who is a fellow manga-fan instead of a giant store like Borders.

Well, that's my main manga-buying habits, but I have also bought my entire Sailormoon manga collection and some random artbooks from Sasuga online. And, I'm thinking about some artbooks and doujinshi from JPQueen to drool over the pretty pictures.

11-07-2003, 01:40 PM
walden books lol ^^

11-07-2003, 03:38 PM
I sit in the store and read them! But sometimes If I get REALLY into a series ( like Mars, Club 9 , or Hot Gimmick) I'll go and buy it.

11-07-2003, 05:24 PM
BUY manga? Pffft, I sit in the store and read 'em XD I only buy X *nods*
Ah yes :) Maybe that's why my manga collection is so small. The only ones I ever bought were Oh My Goddess and Marmalade Boy (new, at conventions w/ nice deals :) and Borders)

I think I spent 2 hours at Borders just reading random interesting manga stuff. *suddenly remembered mentioning this in another thread* Oh yeah, the library makes an excellent source for manga if you aren't looking for anything specific. That's how I got into Blade of the Immortal :D

11-07-2003, 11:32 PM
I buy mine from work. I work at a comic store:)

I would also like to say, support your local comic book store!

11-08-2003, 08:56 AM
Waldens mostly (#w#
Kinokuniya whenever we go see my bro.
I got the first three vol of Mars from the library, too XD
and scanlations off various websites~ :3

Hotaru's Sister
11-08-2003, 09:49 AM
We get mostly new translated manga, but occasionally we might pick up an import book or two. My manga collection is massive, simply because I'm only a few miles from Jim Hanley's Universe SI. I was there on Thursday for the first time in 2 or 3 weeks and I spent $110. I still have a book $80 worth of stuff on hold to get this Sunday. The only other place I'll get manga is at Otakon when I can get 30% off and I work on getting older books I'm missing. Since we spend like $200 a month and we hang out with the guys that work at Jim Hanley's, they're really cool to us. Occasionally they'll "accidentaly" not ring up one of our books and stuff.

11-08-2003, 01:14 PM
I usually get mine from the local comic book store, Star Clipper. I've been going there ever since Pokemon League, and I'm not gonna stop now. ;) Of course, if they don't have something, I might stop by Borders, but only on occasion. I usually buy new manga, and in English since I don't know Japanese. ^^;

11-14-2003, 11:45 PM
I usually get my english translated versions from tokyopop.com or tokyopop books @ borders

11-15-2003, 12:10 AM
...Books A Millon. or just eh...the cons

11-15-2003, 06:46 PM
I buy mine from my comic store but sometimes I'll order off Amazon.ca because it's cheaper (and fun to get stuff in the mail ^^).

I'm still looking for Chobits v.8 w/ Figurine & bookshelf but Tokyopop has only released it to Nobels or was it Waldon? Too bad Canada doesn't have these bookstores! v_v